After levy defeat, school board schedules community meetings

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The Sartell-St. Stephen school board is hosting a series of community meetings. The board invites school district residents to share their thoughts on the Nov. 6 operational levy vote. The board is looking for feedback in order to make an informed decision on how to move forward in budget planning.

“We want to listen to the community to find out what the district can do as we plan for the future,” Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert said.

“Through the entire process, we have encouraged our stakeholders to ask questions and give input,” Schwiebert said. “Prior to the levy vote, we hosted four community presentations along with five tours of the new high school. Although attendance was relatively low at most of the pre-levy events, we were grateful for the opportunity to listen to our constituents and their concerns. I hope people will take the opportunity in December to meet with us to share their thoughts and ask questions.”

The meetings are as follows:

• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course, 3125 Clubhouse Road. Blackberry Ridge is providing appetizers.

• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10,  at St. Stephen City Hall,  2 Sixth Ave. SE., St. Stephen.

• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Liquid Assets, 1091 Second St. S.

• 6:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Sartell Community Center, 850 19th St. S.

After hearing from stakeholders, the school board will decide district priorities for the budget adjustment process.

Sartell-St. Stephen voters overwhelmingly rejected the operating levy. There were 3,230 yes votes and 4,924 no votes. The levy would have raised $1.8 million to fund operations that were part of the district’s master plan.

Author: Mike Knaak

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